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Clothes Drying Racks, Clothes Lines, Dryers

USA made folding floor and wall drying racks. Amish heavy duty drying racks and clotheslines to air dry laundry items. Umbrella, accordion wall mounted rack

Indoor and outdoor laundry clothes drying racks can save dollars, reduce carbon footprint and assist those who want to reduce dependency on the grid.

The Amish still make and use a variety of drying racks and clotheslines to air dry daily items up to and including the weekly family laundry. Like most, they also struggle with small spaces and weather related elements that make outside drying impossible.

Cottage Craft Works .com has assembled various folding drying racks and outdoor clotheslines on their back-to-basics online store at www.cottagecraftworks.com

There you will find all types of USA made folding floor and wall drying racks used by the Amish. They also provide several outdoor drying solutions from portable clothes lines to fold down drying racks and pulley mounted clotheslines.

Accordion Wall Racks

The popular accordion wall mounted are very versatile taking up very little space when they are folded yet providing several feet of drying space when they are extended. Folding accordion wall racks work extremely well in laundry rooms, mud rooms, and garages. These racks come in finished oak or unfinished poplar wood based on budget and needs.

Folding Umbrella Wall Clothes Drying Racks

Cottage Craft Works offers an economy version and a heavy-duty umbrella folding clothes rack that fits neatly on a wall. They both expand out like a folding umbrella to extend wooden arms for hanging towels and other small garments. The heavy-duty rack provides up to 20’ of drying space and only takes up an 8” wide x 36” space on the wall when it is folded.

Folding Floor Clothes Drying Racks

A variety of sizes of the traditional floor folding drying racks is available. These are probably the most widely recognized drying racks ever made. They fold down for compact storage yet the larger sizes can provide up to 40’ of drying space. They are also handy for drying spices, flowers, and herbs.

Suspended Ceiling Clothes Dryer


A reproduction of a vintage clothes drying system that was made for small homes and apartments. Often hung from the kitchen ceilings as that is where most laundry was done in the olden days. These are still widely used in the UK and European homes where the living areas have very small square footage and every inch of space is at a premium.

The unit consists of two metal ends holding wooden drying slats. The unit hangs from the ceiling or overhead beam by rope and pulleys to be lowered for loading and unloading of clothing and linens. It pulls up next to the ceiling and out of the way to use the space for other activities until the items become dry. Makes good use of the warmer air that accumulates at ceiling height.

Pulley Mounted Clotheslines

If you have traveled through the Pennsylvania and Ohio Amish communities during weekdays, you can’t help but notice the bright color dresses and Amish traditional clothing blowing in the wind high up from a post or barn peak leading to the Amish house.

These labor-saving clothesline systems allow the Amish housewife and children to load up all the daily wash on to a clothes line standing just outside the laundry washroom door. This comes particularly handy when snow and ice or muddy conditions exist and the weekly laundry must be done.

This concept is not new or specific to the Amish way of life as pulley mounted clotheslines were used before dryers were invented in apartment buildings where clothes lines would span over city streets and alleyways.

The Amish pulley mounted clothes line systems from Cottage Craft Works come in two sizes based on the distance that you will be mounting the outbound pulley. The larger pulley system is designed to out up to 150’ while the smaller system is best suited for under 100’.

An optional elevator pole is available to be used at the base pulley to raise the line up to clear decks or curious kids and animals that might otherwise grab clean clothes off the line.

Portable Clothes Drying Lines

For those wanting more substantial outdoor clothes drying systems but don’t want the permanent post option Cottage Craft Works offers a portable outdoor clothes drying system that can be moved around the yard or in and out of a garage.

The unit consist of slide together square aluminum tubing that looks like a giant hammock frame. The lines stretch across the top using included line tightening devices to provide up to 72’ of drying lines in only a 12’ x 8’ space.

This system is perfect for summer camps, rental homes, vacation cottages or other locations where permanent clothes line post are just not an option.

Small Garment and Sock Drying Ring

This just might be one of the handiest drying systems you will ever own. It amazingly holds a lot of items. It consists of two aluminum rings equipped with clothespins hanging by chains from a single hook. It comes in handy for hanging socks, delicates, dish rags and other small clothing items. Perfect if you have a baby in the house to quickly wash out tops and bibs. It also works well for drying herbs and flowers.

Cottage Craft Works at www.cottagecraftworks.com is a full line online old fashioned general store chocked full of quality practical wares and goods used during vintage off grid times.

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